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The Melting Snowman - Another First Build

by xx116xx

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Date Published

March 22, 2014

Date Built

Jan. 3, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4.01Ghz

CPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

57.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

950MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.6GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

39.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

78.0° C

Description

Hello fellow PC Part Pickers!

I would first like to thank everyone as I used this site to learn about computers and stuff, and an especially large thank you to the wonderful staff who run this awesome resource :D

Name: Melting (only one fan, it gets pretty hot) Snowman (it's a white computer)

Uses: This is, indeed, my first build. I built this to replace my almost 2 year old laptop, which is running out of space and slowing down. This will be primarily for gaming, and lots of schoolwork (Word docs, powerpoints, online classes etc.) since I'm homeschooled.

Reasoning: Since I was 15 when I built this and had no job, I planned on building a $600 budget gaming PC. I obviously went a little over.

CPU: Was going to get a 6300, but fortunately, living near a Microcenter allowed me to get a little more for my money. Very happy with the performance of this processor so far. OC'ed to 4GHz.

Motherboard: This was a kind of last minute decision, as I had a hard time choosing a motherboard with good features and good reviews. I got this $40 off with the purchase of the FX-8320, and I am pleased with it so far. Not great for OCing though D:

RAM: Standard 1600Mhz, 2x4gb memory. It works.

Storage: I got the EVO for Christmas. It was fast when I built it but has slowed down quite a bit. The WD Drive is just for stuff that can't fit on the SSD/ doesn't belong. The reason I give the WD a 3 star rating, is because it doesn't come with a SATA cable :/

WARNING: Do not mess up your hard drive. I learned this after trying to install Ubuntu onto the WD drive and it wiped the pointers clean. It was stressful and aggravating as it rendered my desktop almost unusable for a while. I ended up paying $70 for EaseUS Data Recovery, so I could get all my stuff back. I would not fool around with partitions while trying to install another operating system unless you know exactly what you are doing, so that you don't make the same mistakes that I did.

Graphics Card: This was the last part to come, because Newegg totally ignored the fact that I paid extra for 3 day shipping. It's a very nice card, and I can play almost all my games at absolute maximum, averaging around 40FPS on Ultra and 60+ on High/Medium. I really am amazed at this, and I'm glad that I made this last minute decision over the 7850.

Also, the "GPU Temperature While Under Load" is what I normally have when playing games. It has gotten up to 92C on a hot day, so I opened up the panel and put a house fan on it so I could continue playing.

Case: I got this case as a Christmas gift along with the SSD. It's really nice, good looking, big enough, lots of cable management room. I had 2 problems with this case. One of the front USB ports came with bent pins inside, and the IO panel on the back is slightly misaligned (might be the motherboard). Neither really affects me that much, but take it into consideration if you are looking to buy this.

Power Supply: 500w, in stock at Microcenter, and a decent price. However, this is one of my only regrets about this build. I wish I had gone with something modular, or higher end. I feel like this power supply won't last very long.

Optical Drive: OS install, CD's and school stuff. Makes tons of noise when I open random programs though.

Operating System: I finally decided to make the switch to windows 8. I love it. I would totally recommend it, especially to people who are a bit skeptical whether or not they like it.

Keyboard, Mouse & Headphones: Mouse I got as a gift. First one got chewed up by a friends dog, so they bought me another one. It's nice, big, and comfortable. ||| The keyboard is heaven for gaming and typing. The LEDs messed up, but that was easily fixed (after waiting over a month for Corsair tech support) by simply resetting the firmware. ||| I'm not an audiophile, so as far as I can hear these headphones sound beautiful. But I can't wear them for too long because they are very uncomfortable. I will be getting Audio Technica ATH-M50's soon.

If you did stick around and read that whole thing, thanks! I really, really do appreciate it. It was a lot of fun to build and more fun to use. I would love some CONSTRUCTIVE criticism, comments, and compliments. Thanks again!

All of my previous updates in one:

  • I added a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. Stays under 60C when running Prime95, even if it gets a little loud when spinning full speed.

  • Added the Rosewill Wireless Network Adapter. A few times a year my office space transforms into a guest room, so I have to go off my wired internet and this serves me VERY well.

  • Added Corsair Vengeance K70. Payed $142.10, and a month later the lights get all screwed up. This was easily fixed by resetting the firmware, only after I waited almost 4 weeks for a ticket reply from Corsair.

  • All brand new pictures! My setup is finally somewhat complete. I built a nice wooden box to hide all the cables in, too. Also added some photos of the chewed up mouse, and the new one.

  • These speakers are amazing, especially for only $40. The first ones broke, so I got a replacement hoping that I wouldn't mess up these ones too. Only problem I have is that the cable that got from the subwoofer to the speakers is pretty short. I'm gonna need an extender for it.

  • OC'ed to 4.4GHz stable. Got too hot and brought it down to 4GHz. Was still running hot, until I realized I had the voltage up to 1.5V 0.o So I brought it back down to 1.25 and it's running much cooler at 4GHz.

  • New pictures again! Added three of my new setup.

  • New headphones (on the right in the last pic)! These are AMAZING. I'm not an audiophile, but these are clear and accurate. I see so many professionals using these and they sound awesome for only $170. Get them.

  • Rebuilt entire system! I spent a few hours being patient with all my cables and it paid off. I replaced my only fan and temps dropped significantly (5C on both CPU and GPU). Also looks much cleaner. I'll put up some pics soon.

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brelovix 14 points 13 months ago

Smart choices with your money, without a doubt. You seem to have done your research with this sites community to figure out what you needed to, and that is refreshing to see, most especially from a younger user.

Good job overall. That case issue is probably just from poor handling (etc.) as I've never really heard of anyone having that issue necessarily, but it is a cheaper-end case so I suppose it is to be expected regardless. Nice case, non the less.

Glad it does what you need it to, just get a 212 EVO for your CPU cooler - it's cheap for what it does, and has a quieter fan on it already.

+1~

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks! Yes, I'm glad that I had to wait for a while to save my money. It gave me time to research stuff. And yes, I was thinking about getting the 212 EVO or the NZXT respire. Not sure which one yet, but that will be coming soon :)

cam9 10 points 13 months ago

Very nice build for the price.+1

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 6 points 13 months ago

Thank you! I tried :)

malcar11 3 Builds 5 points 13 months ago

Very nice and cute. Great job. Congrats!

Caroline.

tjb423 1 Build 4 points 13 months ago

Very good build and lucky you with all those discounts haha, this would be almost 1k for me :/. I will be getting the same mobo so I'd love to hear about that and I'll be getting the x version of the GPU, along with the same hdd which I can already assume your review on that, it stores things and its quiet as hell. I've seen your comments on the site a lot and you seem to be a wealth of knowledge. How well do you score on benchmarks, I'll have a 6300 CPU so I with a lot of our parts similarities I'd love to get a general idea of how I may perform.

Also if you have battlefield 4 how many FPS do you get on ultra?

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 0 points 13 months ago

Thanks! First of all, the motherboard is great. No problems with it, enough of everything that I need, and the BIOS is awesome. I don't have the benchmarks at the moment, I'm going to run them again anyways. The GPU performs amazing, and while I don't have Battlefield 4 unfortunately, I am able to play games like Planetside 2 on Ultra at a minimum of 45~ fps, but mostly around 50-55.

EDIT: About the GPU. If I were to build something like this again, I would most definitely go with a Gigabyte card. I'm not very pleased with the cooling performance of the Asus cooler, I only chose it over the Gigabyte because it had more stream processors.

tjb423 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

Really? I really liked the Asus model more although I am getting the 270x so it will have a better cooler, thanks for the info that really helps :)

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Also, the Gigabyte one has I believe 2 6 pin connectors, allowing for more power to the card.

tjb423 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Since I'm getting the 270x it has 2 connectors too but thanks for the info :)

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 3 points 13 months ago

I grabbed some benchmarks for ya :)

nikitaluger 1 Build 3 points 13 months ago

You can never go wrong with the Samsung 840 EVO and lucky you for getting one as a gift plus the case. I see you placing your rig under the table. A little advice tho is that elevating your rig at least 8 inches above the floor can reduce the dust buildup in your rig by 80%.

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

I actually have it on top of my desk now, just for easy access and to show off. I wasn't having any problems with dust at all though, this room stays pretty clean.

WORDMAN713 1 Build 3 points 12 months ago

Nice build, probably should have looked at this before I started mine.

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Hahaha thanks, yours is fine though...

jdm12983 2 Builds 3 points 12 months ago

Good build. +1 for using an AMD CPU! lol

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 3 points 12 months ago

Thanks! Intel was just too expensive, and also all I'd ever used. Wanted to try something different, and bragging rights for having 8 physical cores.

jdm12983 2 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

Yeah, most my PCs before this one - and the store-bought one I recently replaced - all ran Intel CPUs.

When I went to start looking into building my own - and for the budget I had I was more than willing to go with AMD over Intel - even if I were sacrificing power. I knew the AMD CPU would still be more than enough for me. Plus, it was at least double what I payed for my 4300 for an equivalent; dual-core; Intel CPU.

So, after getting what I have now I'll probably never actually buy Intel CPUs for custom builds when I know I can still get a powerful CPU for a lot less money.

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

My next build will probably house an i5, for the simple fact that I want to go mini-tix.

nighteyes 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

Not a bad buy :) I sure as hell wish my first build was like that haha. But that was back in like 2001 and my case liked to slice my fingers up >.>

candy 2 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

How did you get the build to finally upload onto PCPartPicker?

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

I don't even know, I just tried again randomly and it went up. This time, I didn't paste in the description until after it was uploaded. Maybe that's just a weird thing that happens.

ThunderHead_MC 2 points 13 months ago

Amazing build. Just a side note though, It looks like you kind of don't like the hard drive you purchased. Just to let you know, there is (im not sure if its still the same price...) a 2TB Toshiba hard drive that I purchased with my other account. the price when I bought it: $60.

Just try and look it up.

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Cheapest 2tb drive on here is $83, a 5400rpm WD.

EDIT: And I haven't taken any pictures with the hard drive in the computer.

ThunderHead_MC 2 points 13 months ago

oh... ok

coolguy562 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

I know the hard drive you're talking about I have it on my list even though right now it is a little more expensive then you said at 79.99 but this is 2 months later :/

1337h1pst3r 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

Excellent build. The cable management looks very familiar :) I like how you spread the sata power cables out on the back of the case - I didn't have the patience to do that. +1

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you! I did make sure that I took enough time to properly put the cables in there, I know how mad people can get on here about that.

Mordecia 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

Very nice build. If you don't mind me asking, what are you using the microphone for? I've had my eye on that microphone for a while and I'm not sure if I should get it. A lot of starting youtubers use that microphone, for videos, it sounds great. I plan on using it for game commentaries and recording music. Your review would be helpful.

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

I use it for everything. Online classes, game commentaries (although I have yet to be successful in that), pretty much anything you can think of. I also do some stop motion animation and it's extremely useful for recording voices like that, especially because of the 3 settings that it has. What I use it most for, however, is just to hold my headphones :P

Snowychains 1 point 2 months ago

What kind of microphone is it?

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

It's the Blue Snowball. I wouldn't recommend the color that I have, it just doesn't look real great after a while.

tjb423 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

Question... How did you get that MoBo for so damn cheap!??? I am getting the same MoBo but I will have to pay $50 more! Don't mind me just looking at your builds :P

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

I <3 Microcenter bundles :P

tjb423 1 Build 3 points 13 months ago

You suck ;)

BKiggin 2 points 12 months ago

Since you just checked out my build, I thought I'd return the favour, and you called my build a beauty? yours is much more GODLY, well done dude! +1

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

Hahaha not really, yours is a lot better. Btw, I just ordered a 212 EVO about 3 minutes ago. How is yours doing in terms of noise?

BKiggin 2 points 12 months ago

I can't turn down a second compliment, thank you! and Yeah it's amazing but if you've got the budget look into Noctua, Noiseblocker or Corsair fans there meant to be the best in the quiet performance market, The fans I got a quite loud but not bad that it bothers me, also getting it my i5 to 4.4GHz with 26c idle atm

viper85x 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Great build and incredibly cheap. Some of the parts I was looking at before digging deep into my pockets for some loose pennies. Your cables are much neater than mine, need to learn that skill. :-)

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Hahaha thanks! I actually had something cheaper in mind, I found a few extra pennies too though. They all matter when you don't have a job... :P

Ballyn 2 points 12 months ago

If I had mad smarter choices my build would be similar to your own. So +1 for a well rounded build. Quick question any reason other than price to get the M5A97 over the M5A99FX R2? With such a decent CPU it seems like you sold yourself short on the mobo.

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Mobo normally costs around $100, but Microcenter bundles are amazing. I really didn't need anything more than this, it works fine for me.

CHEEFxKWEEF 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

beautiful build for the price and hella good cable management!

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

Thanks! However, I built this one fully clothed :P

Starlana 2 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

Yes, good bulid. This is a lot like my son's build. :) +1

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

It is indeed.

Kiburi 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

This build looks really nicely done! +1 for a great budget build! :)

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Thank you! I'm proud of it :D

known 2 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

Super clean build!

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks! I worked hard to make sure it was clean :)

Dragonspite 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Nice cable routing... Looks neat.

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks, I spent a while on it.

Fullsome 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

+1 for great cable management! Also amazing price! How did you gets such low prices?

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Watching and waiting... and Microcenter deals :P Thanks

ephesix 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

You have quite a nice build yourself!

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

Thanks! I tried. :P

smittypantz@hotmail.com 13 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Fantastic build. I have always had more respect for a power house budget build! This thing is clean, and so very well thought out. +1

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Thank you very much! :)

hitmaniac 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

wow. we have so much in similar. Mine costed $750 (with monitor, keyboard and no gifts :() Check it out!! +1

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Ours do look a lot alike! However, I really wish I went with the MSi R9 270. I think it looks a lot better.

hitmaniac 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

if you are looking into crossfiring, MSI would be a great choice. And prices should drop during black friday (get it for under $150)which would be pretty sweet

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

If I crossfire, I will definitely go with another Asus one. Having two ones that don't look alike would bother me. But I think I will sooner get a whole new card that grab another. I have multiple friends looking to build rigs, and could easily sell it to them once I get enough money for something like a 770.

JAR1337 3 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

Awesome Budget build, gotta love Microcenter.

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks! Ikr, Microcenter is a beast for pricing.

LeeTheNinja 2 points 7 months ago

I guess I'll be the first to recognize the 116 logo

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Yessir! Haha, I one on the back of my laptop too.

JalYt_Justin 1 point 13 months ago

Very good budget build, although if you are going for gaming, you probably should have gone the Intel route, either with a lower gen i5 or with an i3.

I'm getting an AMD 8350 myself, mainly for streaming, and all of my friends tell me to get an 8320 instead, even though the performance is lower than an 8350, mainly because the price is low.

Good choice in a graphics card. It slightly beats a 660, which you get for relatively around the same price, which is good.

As for the Windows 8 buy, I personally think this a wise choice. Although Windows 7 is currently more stable in terms of optimization and HUD, Windows 8 will slowly outclass Windows 7 in overall performance, no matter how big the difference is. Might as well get it while it's cheap, right?

Good build for the price. +1

jdm12983 2 Builds 3 points 12 months ago

I have an AMD CPU as well. They work fine for gaming.

Yes I have read that overall Intel is more powerful but you usually pay a lot more money for the, as well.

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

I was thinking about going Intel, but I didn't for 3 reasons. 1. The lower gen i5's are still pretty expensive. 2. I will be able to take advantage of the 8 cores, as opposed to 2 or 4. 3. I'm coming from a low end i5 laptop, and it just didn't seem right to go from i5 to i3.

WellThatsSurprising 3 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

The 8320 and 8350 are the same thing, just factory overclocks.

derekiswise 1 point 11 months ago

That is great. Honestly i would have added more fans but, oh well. I think that is a great build, would you mind taking a look at one I might make. I am only 13 and am trying to get a good pc that will last... without getting broke before college. Here is my build http://pcpartpicker.com/user/derekiswise/saved/4dwi my goal will be video editing, gaming and also hosting one or two websites.

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I would have added more fans too, but at the moment I have no money and the temps are fine for now. I'll get some eventually. Pretty nice build you have there, although I would go with the EVGA power supply that I got. It's cheaper and has the same wattage.

derekiswise 1 point 10 months ago

ok, thanks for the advise.

dromni 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Nice build but why not a better graphics card? +1'd nontheless

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

What would you suggest? The R9 270 IS kind of one of the best cards...

dromni 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I'd say at least a R9 280X or GTX 770 if you favor NVIDIA to match that CPU you have (assuming you do a ton of overclocking). And dude r9 270 might be a good card for the budget but it's definitely not one of the best cards in today's world.

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Yeah, I was talking about budgetwise. I didn't really have the money for anything else, I would have had to pay another $70 for a 760. I think that it's fine for me. Also, I chose the 8320 over the 6350 because I am going to be working on some image editing and rendering stuff in the future.

dromni 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Oh fair enough. Sorry dude I didn't see your budget was $700... If that's the case then yeah damn solid build for the price!

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

I know what you mean, at first glance the 270 does seem to be the weak part of the build. But yeah, my original budget was $600, so I went over anyways.

stebo 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Nice build for the price! couldn't have done better. also, regarding the fans, try the Corsair Air Series 2 pack (https://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-fan-co9050008ww) from what I've seen, they got good reviews and VERY quiet, so you can change the name of the build to "The Quiet room temperature snowman"(bad-um-tiss) +1

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

LOL thanks, although I'm thinking that I don't really need them (at least right now). As you can see by my temps, they don't get very high, even with the one fan.

NeonMane 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I'm planning a build based around the same CPU. Very well done for the budget you set.

ksabar100 1 point 9 months ago

Hey quick question. I'm thinking about getting the same case with practically the same build, Do i really need another case fan? I'm not getting the Hyper Evo 212.

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

I don't think so, my temps are fine. Eventually I'll get some, but I just moved the one it comes with to the front and it works great.

ksabar100 1 point 9 months ago

Oh okay then i won't bother to get more either (In the beginning) Plus (If you have it) Could you post some benchmarks of games like Tomb Raider and BF4, it really would be appreciated. If not those then some other mainstream game.

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Honestly, I don't have a lot of mainstream games. Planetside 2 is the closest thing to "mainstream" I guess, and I always get above 30fps on the absolute highest settings, but I turn some down just to stay above 60.

TheAwakenedOne 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

100th (+1)!!! (Had to say it LOL) I like the build + the PCs' name xD you had some great first time cable management but I think you need a mousepad bro 0.0

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

THANKS SO MUCH. 100 upvotes is crazy. And yeah, I should get a mousepad.

TheAwakenedOne 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

nothing beats my 6$ mouse pad from staples B)

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Hahahah!

MyNameIsLucid 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Them VRM heatsinks tho! Nice build for the price. I got the same processor and cooler just I have a Gigabyte GTX 770 and my 8320 is overclocked to 4.5.

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks a lot! My motherboard sucks for overclocking, so it's only at 3.8 right now. For what I do it's fine.

MetaApex 1 point 9 months ago

Your upside-down PSU placement gave me OCD.

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

It's like that for airflow and so the cables can reach. It bothers me too, trust me hahaha

revolucion 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Looks nice, I bet it's a great gaming rig for the price. Enjoy

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

It is indeed! Thank you for the comment.

chilopilo 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Nice build! I really like the source 210 in white... The two unused 5.25 bay covers would look sweet painted white imo!

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks! I like it too, but I might have to upgrade soon since on of the front USB ports broke.

Vainslay 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Wonderful build~! I would +1 this but apparently I already had. ^

Why did you get that particular keyboard by the way?

I don't really have any experience or knowledge with keyboards anyway but I'm looking for a very nice keyboard + mice for about 100~150 dollars( hopefully cheaper) for osu! and I don't know what to get.

Edit: You should have waited for black friday!. the deals were crazy, I fitted an 280x and 8320 just under $800

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks! Yes I did get it, but my normal office space is being used so I didn't want to take any pics until I got it all setup again, because my temporary setup is a bit of a mess. Hopefully everything will be back in place tomorrow.

As for how I like the keyboard, I really needed the tenkeys and media controls. Without those you can get a mechanical keyboard for about half the price (TtSports Posieden)

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xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks! Yeah, the case is really the only part that I wish I had chosen differently. I got it free as a gift though, so I can't really complain about that.

Sloughdave 1 point 7 months ago

Hi there i was wondering, with the FX-8320 ASRock recommend using a top down cpu cooler rather than a tower. I noticed you purchased the 212 EVO which is what i also planned to get. Have you had any issues using that?

Thanks in advance.

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

I love my 212 EVO. No problems whatsoever, and it works beautifully.

Sloughdave 1 point 7 months ago

thanks a bunch. i'll look forward to using it myself.

ThE_MarD 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Heyyo,

Very nice cable management! That's the first thing that stood out for me. The custom wooden box is a nice touch as well. :)

The CPU is a very solid choice. For that price? It'll definitely serve you well.

The GPU? Yeah the AMD R9 270 is mindblowingly good price to performance. I'm quite sad that nVidia's not being competitive for pricing with the GTX 760... oh well.. maybe once the GTX 800 series comes out they will drop the price on the 760 to be lower than a R9 270 is their secret plan. :P

Ram is a hard one these days to find a good price to performance ever since the fire at the Hynix factory... it's crazy to think ONE factory is making that big of an impact... so yeah, might as well settle for a 8GB 1600MHz kit and wait until DDR4 drops the price on DDR3 before thinking of adding in more... not that one really needs more than 8GB mind you.

Yeah Windows 8.1 gets a lot of flak for the start menu and the gesture-based operating system... but it works pretty good. I do find the interface of Ubuntu's Unity to be a little more efficient, but Windows 8.1 is still plenty serviceable. The only reason I haven't switched? Windows 7 performs the same when it comes to gaming... plus I've seen numerous reports of poor nVidia SLI performance in Windows 8.1... so that throws me off from wanting to try it. Plenty of threads about it on the official Geforce subforums for SLI.

I saw above you mentioned getting another EVO SSD. If you do? you could always order the 2.5 inch to 3.5 inch adapter kits for mounting. Here's a dirt cheap one on newegg that will be plenty serviceable: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2970S72614&cm_re=2_5_to_3_5_hard_drive_bracket--9SIA2970S72614--Product

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

Thanks for all the feedback! Unfortunately, I'm not in a position (and probably won't be for a while) to afford another SSD. Overall I am extremely satisfied with it, I personally think I got the best for what money I had.

BlastXin 1 point 6 months ago

What happened with the Logitech mouse? Did you accidentally put it on a heat source?

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

A friends dog got to it... hahaha

700mAdOg700 1 point 6 months ago

Nice cord management

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Thank you! I tried.

TheOfficialSkora 1 point 5 months ago

Is that power supply reliable? I read your post saying "I feel like this power supply won't last very long."

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

It's like a tier 3 or 4, unfortunately it wasn't on the official list until after I bought it. I would use it again, but only for a system drawing significantly less power.

TheOfficialSkora 1 point 5 months ago

so not for something like this? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/MF4JBm

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Is that for gaming?

TheOfficialSkora 1 point 5 months ago

No, i haven't even built it yet. It's for music production actually, i plan on doing light gaming from time to time. Would i need a stronger PSU, or will that hold, as it's gonna be run a LOT?

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

I wouldn't trust that power supply, it's only 80+. I would go with AT LEAST 80+ Bronze. This one is probably a better bet: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx500

cricks1492 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

I see you and I have some similarities in preference. Absolutely fantastic cable management, my friend. You have a bright future ahead of you.

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Thank you! I tried my best with the cables, I'm pretty OCD with wires and stuff.

KawaiiSailorKitty 1 point 2 months ago

How good is that PSU in your opinion? Im also on a budget, and it is ranked as a "Tier 3", while Im also looking at the XFX TS 550, but Im not sure which to go with since XFX is better, but the budget limits it, since it's 25$ more :/

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

I wouldn't do insane overclocking with it. For most budget builds it's a great choice. I've used two and they are pretty good.

KawaiiSailorKitty 1 point 2 months ago

Alright. I wanted a Tier 2 ps, but when I bought my current one (Corsair 450SM 80+ G), I realized that I bought the wrong one. I actually just decided to return the Corsair and get the XFX TS 550 80+B

Rhydsdh 1 point 2 months ago

How would you rate the stock fans that come with the 212 Evo?

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Pretty good. It wouldn't be my first choice, but it's quiet enough for me and keeps the CPU cool under full load.

Xequit10 1 point 1 month ago

Power Supply Upside down! GR8 Job M8, +1

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

That's they only way I could get the cables to stretch, plus the fan should be facing down. They should flip the sticker.

Xequit10 1 point 1 month ago

Your Graphics Card temperature is a very high, in the later upgrades, do you plan to get water cooling?

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

It never gets to 70C, it usually stays under 60. I don't really need watercooling for it.

vagtg 1 Build -6 points 12 months ago

buy a psu with at least 600W and give more money for gpu, the main factor for gaming. You don't need 8 cores when you have a sucking gpu. the others (ram, hdd, ssd) are ok and these are what i chose for my 1200$ pc

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 4 points 12 months ago

I'm not sure I understand what you are saying...

derekiswise -4 points 11 months ago

If you have 8 cores make sure they are all enabled. I was at someones house today who had an i7 total of 8 cores and spent thousands of dollars on the pc and only had one of their cores enable. (Windows comes only enabling one core)

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 3 points 11 months ago

Ummmm... I don't think so...

MetaApex 1 point 9 months ago

Yeah no...